House Siding Options, Plus Costs, Pros & Cons 2019

There are several different material options for house siding: wood, metal, stone, vinyl, brick, fiber-cement, stucco and more. But, looking at the materials for siding is just scratching the surface! Delving deeper, we see many more options and sub-options.

The only limitations are your imagination. We’ll cover primary options plus a few sub-options in this guide. Special note: all cost related information is based mostly on the 2018-2019 information.

1. Wood
2. Vinyl
3. Fiber Cement
4. Stucco
5. Brick
6. Metal
7. Stone

Material Category: Wood (4 Primary Options)

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The main options relate to how the material is installed, such as: bevel, shingles, board-and-batten, and split-log. There are numerous sub-options, as wood has several grains, many ways to cut / shape it, and thousands of color choices.

Within this category we include Engineered Wood. Also known as composite wood, man-made wood, or manufactured board. Natural wood obviously comes directly from timber, while the man-made version is manufactured from wood fibers, saw dust, and bonding agents. It’s a strong, light-weight and less expensive alternative. Instead of pieces cut from logs, the material is shaped to match the order for a job.

Wood Siding Costs Installed, Plus ROI

Natural wood material is relatively expensive, considering the cost of initial investment and the ongoing maintenance costs.

On average, natural wood siding costs between $7 to $12 per sq. ft. installed. This range depends on grain and grade mainly, as well as the style option. The costs will be higher in more affluent areas, as natural wood is considered a premium material

Engineered wood costs $5 to $10 per sq. ft. installed. The $10 is on the high-end, and a more fair range is $7 to $8 per sq. ft. installed. This option generally requires a little less maintenance.

Pricing for the installation on the entire house will have a fairly wide range, but this is usually due to region, and variations in contractor pricing. If there are other factors.

To install natural wood as cladding for an averaged sized home, it costs $14,000 to $25,000.

With Engineered Wood, it is roughly 30% less or $10,000 to $18,000.

ROI for Engineered Wood siding is nearly 79%, and higher than natural wood’s 77%, which is among the lowest of all siding options.

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LP SmartSide Siding Cost vs. Fiber Cement HardiePlank Siding

The top two engineered lap siding brands are the defending champion HardiePlank fiber cement and the up-and-coming contender LP SmartSide engineered wood siding.

LP SmartSide Siding on a cabin style home

This guide covers the HardiePlank vs. LP SmartSide comparison from all angles that matter to a homeowner – Looks, durability, cost of materials and installation, and more. We’ll uncover the differences between the two to help you decide which one fits your project requirements better.

Cost

Expect to pay about $9.00 per square foot to install LP SmartSide siding. For HardiePlank siding, your costs will about $10 per square foot installed.

Note: LP’s SmartSide relative cost advantage is due to slightly lower material and installation costs thanks to its lighter weight.

The possible cost range is broad, however, based on factors spelled out below. This table breaks down costs for these two leading siding alternatives to natural wood.

HardiPlank LP SmartSide
Material Cost per sq.ft. $2.00-$4.00 $1.85-$3.75
Installation Cost per sq.ft. $5.50-$9.00 $3.50-$8.00
Total Cost per sq.ft. $7.50-$13.00 $5.35-$11.75
Average Cost per sq.ft. $9.85-$10.35 $8.65-$9.30
Cost to Value Recouped 83%-86% 82%-87%
LP SmartSide vs HardiePlank Siding Cost Comparison Table

As you can see in the table above, these are comparably priced materials, so unless you’re watching pennies very closely, this probably won’t be the deciding factor.

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